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Maryland HBCU Law Suit Victory

Tuesday, October 8, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Professor John Brittain

Professor John Brittain has long been involved as counsel in the Maryland Historically Black College and University (HBCU) federal law suit. He reports a big win this week with plaintiffs winning the unnecessary duplication of education services claim.  While they lost the unequal funding count, the court favorably merged the dual missions claim into the remedy. Judge Catherine Blake, of the United States District Court in Baltimore, ruled that the remedy must provide the HBCUs with unique, high demand academic programs, revised missions, and adequate funding and facilities.  
Professor Brittain started this lawsuit as chief counsel of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and remained a part of the lead counsel team since joining the UDC Law School faculty.

"The plaintiffs and  counsel  are pleased with the judge's decision.  We deem the result a victory," said Brittain.  Read an Inside Higher Education article on the decision HERE and the full District Court decision itself HERE.   

Read October 8 Washington Post article HERE.

And October 9 Baltimore Sun article HERE

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